Friday, March 16, 2012

The Demon with Eyes in its Palms: Pan's Labyrinth Free Tonight at Frist

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Pan's Labyrinth
Where: The Frist Center
When: 7 p.m. Fri., March 16

Fairy tales aren’t just for kids. In fact, the gap between what we imagine and what we can create is narrowing. It is this blurred line between reality and fantasy that the current exhibit at The Frist, Fairy Tales, Monsters, and the Genetic Imagination, aims to explore. In conjunction with that exhibit, the museum is offering a free film series called “Unexpected Tales” that shows pairings of short and feature films along the same vein.

Tonight’s screening features Pan’s Labyrinth, a fairy tale for grown-ups from writer-director Guillermo del Toro that unexpectedly connected with a wide audience. The winner of three Academy Awards, the movie depicts a hyper-real fantasy in which a girl (Ivana Baquero) finds herself the main character in a myth that draws her back to the underworld. The realm is haunted by the specters of del Toro’s imagination, especially a skeletal demon with eyes in its palms, but these prove to be less dangerous than the ravages of Fascist-era Spain.

The film is preceded tonight by the Brothers Quay short “Maska,” adapted from a story by Solaris author Stanislaw Lem and featuring music by Krzysztof Penderecki, which explores the story of a beautiful countess genetically engineered to kill. (We've posted the gorgeous trailer below.) These two pieces of art will leave you wondering what is real and what is not — so let your imagination run wild.

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